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The lake of Fire ERTA Ale (the Erta Ale). Ethiopia

In northeastern Ethiopia, in the desert Danakil located an active volcano ERTA Ale, in whose crater can be seen emanating from the center of the earth flows molten lava.

The fiery lake of ERTA Ale (the Erta Ale). Ethiopia

Due to constant activity, which on the surface of the volcano and then there are clouds of smoke, the volcano ERTA Ale got its name, translated into Russian language means “Smoking volcano”.

ERTA Ale — the most active of the volcanoes of Ethiopia. This is one of five known volcanoes in the world with a lava lake, as well as the world’s only volcano, whose lava lake just two, making it truly unique.

The volcano ERTA Ale is located in the desert Danakil; it lies below sea level and is an integral part of the so-called “afar triangle” — the zone of strong volcanic activity.

ERTA Ale is a basaltic shield volcano, with lava lake in the crater. It is located in the Caldera of the size of 1.6 km x 0.7 km Constant activity of the volcano has continued since 1967; from its crater periodically poured out streams of molten lava (volcanoes formed from layers of spilled lava, are called shield). With each eruption it rises higher above the depression Danakil; now its height is already 613 M.

The tectonic depression of afar it is a piece of the earth melted magma between three tectonic plates. Desert Danakil the hottest and inhospitable desert on the planet. The desert has never been hospitable for travelers especially due to the brutal practices of the Afar, one of the favorite rituals was castration.

At the bottom of the huge ruined crater is the lava lake of ERTA Ale. The lake is surrounded by faults, which formed during the mini shocks that can throw whole chunks from the lake. The lava lake bubbling more than the Nyiragongo volcano having lava lake.